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Merry and Bright

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I was in a bit of a creative funk a couple of weeks ago and needed to create without a real purpose. I watched the amazingly talented Dawn Woleslagle (of Wplus9 Design) when she was teaching a Live on her FB page and was super inspired. I rarely CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) but for today’s card, that is exactly what I did. And I’m so glad!

Naturally, when Dawn made her card, she used greenery from her line of stamps but I just sent with what I had. And what I had was a couple of sets from The Greetery. I started with a piece of Evergreen card stock (C9) and stamped the background leaves in Evergreen ink. On top of that, I stamped a different leave group in Mowed Lawn Oxide Ink, trying to keep it a bit shadowy.

Once I had the leaves done, I chose this big banner sentiment from the Be Merry set (WPlus9). I stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder for a bolder look. I then splattered using some Hero Arts Metallic Ink in Gold and with white gouache.

Dawn has not posted her card yet but I’m sure she will at some point. In the mean time, just go over and admire all the beautiful things she creates at her Instagram page HERE. Thanks for stopping by today! See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #514

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Happy Wednesday! For those in the US, I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. Back with today’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge and we have a great one from designer Cécile.

As I was looking through my stamps fro this, I knew I wanted snowflakes for the three little elements but wasn’t sure what else. And then…yep, the mice. Merry Little Mice from Honey Bee Stamps to be exact. I love this fun fellow and I thought he was just the right size for the sketch. I stamped him in Momento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Markers.

I leaned on the Vintage Holiday Paper Pack again for the background and then thought it might be fun to use another print for the circle. This houndstooth was perfect. I did make the card a 5″x5″ so that I could keepa bit more of the background detail. I pulled the snowflakes from the Riding By…Holiday Style stamp set and the sentiment is from Inside: Holiday Sentiments (all from Honey Bee Stamps). Hard to see in the photo but I added a little Wink of Stella Clear on the white parts of the image for some sparkle.

Thanks for stopping in today. I will be back later in the week with some holiday cards. See you then!

Freshly Made Sketches #513

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Super quick today. Sharing for the latest amazing sketch for Freshly Made Sketches. This week we have one from designer Jen Brum and it is wonderful!

A funny thing happened on the way to posting today. I made the card and then forgot to take a photo before leaving on a work trip. So my 15 yo son took the photo for me, complete with setting up props. What a great kid!!

I pulled out some of my season favorites from Honey Bee Stamps (listed below). Love how the dies and paper did most of the work. More flying tomorrow and I’m pretty tired so I’ll send you off to the FMS for all the inspiration from the awesome team. Thanks for stopping in today! For this in the US, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. If you are flying today or tomorrow, look for me in the system!

Freshly Made Sketches #512

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Hi everyone! I hope your week is going well so far. We have a fabulous sketch for you today at Freshly Made Sketches. In fact, I’m feeling like sketch designer Kim Singdahlsen pretty much designed the card for me. Thanks, Kim!!

When I saw the tree in the sketch, I knew exactly what stamp set I was going to use (and you don’t have to use a tree, I just happened to have the right one!). The Merry Little Mice set from Honey Bee Stamps is simply adorable and perfect for this. I stamped a few of the images and then colored with Copic Markers. Aren’t these little mice as sweet as can be?!

I used a couple of the patterns from the Vintage Holiday Paper Pack for my color inspiration and cut small strips to match the sketch. The best part is that this is one that can be duplicated pretty easily because the paper pieces are so small. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I just love it with the singing mouse.

So glad you stopped in today. I hope you come over to join us this week. See you again Friday!

FMS #511 and Mix It Up #85

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Hi everyone! Today is challenge combo day and I have a card that uses both the Mix It Up challenge for SugarPea Designs and the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. I used Linda’s clean sketch and leaned on the inspiration from SugarPea to create this.

As soon as I saw the inspiration, I knew that I was going to do the triangle trees. Using the SugarCut – Piece of Cake dies, this was super easy. I just cut the small one and cut along the lines on the bigger one (it was a cake piece). I spritzed with some shimmer spray to match the sparkle in the Mix It Up photo.

To match the sketch, I put down a layer of distress oxide ink by stamping it onto a block and spritzing with water. I added a bit of gold paint per the inspiration. I used the SugarCut – Joy Word in some glitter paper to add a little more shine.

Thanks so much for stopping in today! I hope you will come over and join the challenges!

Freshly Made Sketches #509

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I hope your week is going well so far! Happy Wednesday. I’m here to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches and this week, I am the sketch designer. Slimline cards continue to be a trend and I wanted to give the vertical look a try.

For my card, it all started with a flower. This image from Sketchbook Florals by Taylored Expressions is everything that is good about floral stamps. The perfect size, easy to color, gorgeous! I watercolored it with my Daniel Smith watercolor paints and then die cut it with the coordinating die.

To “frame” it, I wanted interest but nothing that would pull away from the flower. I chose the Mini Slim Square Window Cutting Plate and it does the job perfectly. I popped it up on foam tape to give dimension after adding this sweet sentiment from the same set.

I hope you will come over and play along this week! The team has some amazing inspiration for you too! Thanks for stopping in. See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #505

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I have a fun sketch to share with you today! The always amazing Narelle has designed a great one for this week at Freshly Made Sketches.

Normally when I see big circles, I immediately think flower. And to be honest, I did here too. But then I remembered the pumpkins!! I wanted to bring these Patchwork Pumpkin dies back out to play some more. Instead of using the stamped designs (which would have been totally cute too), I just went with basic inking. I cut the elements from Hammermill card stock and then sponged on the ink. Super simple. I stamped the sentiment from the set and cut it out with its coordinating die. To add a little more interest, I chose a pattern from the Halloween Harvest Paper Pack. I love the purple plaid!! A few gems from the Halloween Harvest Gem Pack to finish.

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you are having a great week. See you again soon!

Ocean Botanicals for SugarPea Stamps and FMS #496

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Been a bit quiet around here for stamping. I am starting to work on some new projects for upcoming releases so I’m getting back to it. I find summer a time for for other focus most years and this year even more so. With the graduation projects in May/June, you probably can surmise that I’m preparing for my oldest to head to college. He is ready…me, not so much. And then there is this Captaining thing. As I work on this challenge, I find it takes a lot of new mental real estate. It is a good thing, but not great for my mojo. So with that….I have combined two of my favorite things for today’s card: Mix It Up Challenge #81 and Freshly Made Sketches.

I was so in love with the inspiration photo from the Mix It Up Challenge that I just immediately pulled out my distress inks to create a background in those ocean and sky colors. I love result! I took the panel I colored and cut it into the panels from the FMS sketch. WOW! Before adding it to the base, I threw on a few gouache splatters.

Again motivated by the inspiration picture, I chose one of the leaf dies from Botanical Branches cut from a distress inked panel. I added an embossed sentiment from the Everyday Sentiments set and then finished with some sequins.

Thanks so much for stopping in today. In case I forget to tell you, I so appreciate all of you! Have a great rest of your week!

Freshly Made Sketches #494

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Hi everyone! I’m happy to be here with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches today. Our wonderful Narelle is the sketch designer and I love her classic sketch.

I was inspired today by my own garden. I’ll share the pics below! I love this coneflower image from the Wildflowers Stamp Set by Honey Bee Stamps. I colored it to match my flowers and added some bees just like mine too! The coloring was done with Copic Markers.

The sentiment comes from the My Favorite Flowers Stamp set. To add a little texture, I pulled out the Quilted Dots Stencil and added a bit of texture pasted on the Fog Gray paper.

Thanks so much for dropping in today! So happy to have you here.

SugarPea Designs Sweet 2 Repeat – Summer Release

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Over on Instagram, the SugarPea Designs Team is doing our post-release Sweet 2 Repeat Hop. I hope you will come over and join us for a chance to win!

I pulled out the Sunshine Sentiments and SugarCut – Sunshine again. Combined with the Sunburst Stencil, this has a totally different look than my card using the same products last week.

I hope you will join us in our hop. You can start here: Jen’s Instagram Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you soon!

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